Born 14 March 1857 at Pontypridd. His industrial career was bound up with Middlesbrough, where he was on the staff of the firm of Bolckow Vaughan, ironmasters — a firm founded by John Vaughan 1799? - 1868), a Welshman, which attracted many Welshmen to Middlesbrough at one period (see under Edward Williams, 1826 - 1886.) [Later, John and a man named Torbock bought the Dinsdale Iron-works, and later still these works joined forces with Bolckow Vaughan's works at Linthorpe to form the Linthorpe-Dinsdale smelting company.] After retiring from active management, John took up politics. He was Liberal M.P. for east Denbighshire 1910-18, but was defeated in the ‘coupon’ election of 1918 by Sir D.S. Davies, and was again unsuccessful as a Labour candidate in Anglesey (1922) — he resided at that time at Plas Llanidan. Throughout his political life he was a zealous advocate of home rule for Wales, and diligently assembled statistical data to strengthen the economic arguments in its favour. For ten years he was president of the ‘Union of Welsh Societies’ (a cultural organization); he was also president of the ‘Peace Society,’ 1924-7. Though an indifferent public speaker, he was an active writer, contributing many articles to newspapers and to such periodicals as Y Beirniad and The Welsh Outlook. He died 16 February 1931.
Published date: 1959
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